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Elkhorn Creek Report

Just got back from Elkhorn Creek fished from Knight’s Bridge to Canoe Ky. All I can say is have you ever had a day you should have stayed in bed, This was mine, if it could go wrong it did. Other than catching a bunch of fish it became a very trying day. The good news is that the fish were biting. The bad news is that about a third of the fish I caught were dinks. I’m not saying that the bigger fish weren’t biting, but small guys were faster. There were a number times after hooking a dink a nice fish was chasing it, trying to get the lure from it. I caught most of my fish on a small thin stickbait, only about 2 inches long. The fish were in fast water. I caught more above a rapid than below. If there was big chunk rock that was shallow with fast water I caught a lot in those areas. I finished the day with 67 fish. Other than the dinks most of my fish were 10 to 14 inches long. I did catch a nice 17 incher just before I got to Canoe Ky. Now for all the things that could go wrong and did. I had 2 dinks that were jumping around while I was trying to get them unhooked. I loss control of them and got a hook in me pass the barb. Good thing I am good at getting hooks out of people. In the swift water just above Clay Bank rapid my anchor started sliding and got hung under a rock and almost swamped the yak. I had to get out and was finally able to get the anchor loose and dump a lot of water out of my yak. I had a bearing go out of one of my new reels. I got caught in two wonderful storms. I just love lightning. After loading the yak and on the way home I had a flat. Of course it was pouring down and I had to wait for about a hour and a half for the rain to slow. After jacking the truck up and removing the tire the truck slid off the jack. I didn’t have cell phone service so I had to climb a hill to get service and another storm hit. I couldn’t locate my wife and none of my friends in the area would answer. I was able to jack the truck up a little at a time and put rock under the brake drum till it was high enough to get the jack back under it. I got the spare on and drove very slow and carefully home. I will be lucky if I get out of bed tomorrow. Here is where I say hope to see you on the water but after today I wouldn’t want my bad luck to rub off on anyone.



I went to Elkhorn this afternoon and put in at Knight’s Bridge. The water was murky and rising. When I left the house the creek was less than 400 cfs. Surprise when I got there it was rising fast. I guess it was due to the heavy rain we had in Lexington yesterday. Due to the current I had to fish faster than I wanted. I lost allot more fish than I caught. The fish were very scattered. Most were in eddies. I did catch a few above and below the rapids. I met a young fisherman who was fishing the Knight Bridge stretch for the first time. We fished together for about 3 hours and he was catching fish with a worm when he could find some slow water. I caught most of my fish on a crankbait I was ripping thru the water. The fish I caught were either very small ( less than 9 inches) or they were around 15 inches. I had 2 break me off and took 2 expensive lures. I did knock another rod overboard. We were able to wade around and found it. I love to fish Elkhorn , but it’s getting very expensive. I ended the day with only 24 smallmouth’s. I am leaving Sunday to fish the New River for a couple of days. I’ll give a report when I get back. Till the next report hope to see you on the water.

New River West Virginia

A total of 6 of us took a guided float fishing trip down the New River near Beckley West Virginia. We use the New River Outfitters owned by Dewaun Gilkerson. I have been using Dewaun as a outfitter at least 2 times a year for the last 7 or 8 years. If you want to have a great fishing trip and great food please try the 2 day over night trip. Dewaun has a cabin right on the river that you stay over night in. This trip was just great. Kent and I in our boat caught 203 smallmouth’s in 2 days. The fish were running from 10 to 17 inches. The guys in the other boat didn’t keep a count , but I am sure that the 3 boats caught over 500 smallmouth’s for the trip. The guides we used Randy, Seth and Carl were great and they know how to keep you on the fish. It is also allot of fun running the rapids.The river was clear and running at about 4000 CFS. We caught most of our fish on small crankbaits. If you ever want a great smallmouth trip I recommend New River Outfitters.(their web site is http://www.small-mouth.com) The beauty of the New River Gorge is worth the trip. We are already starting to plan a fall trip. Till the next report hope to see you on the water.

Lake St Clair

I got back last night from my first trip this year to Lake St Clair Canada. If you like to catch Smallmouth’s this is the lake. I go up a couple of times each year and I must say this was the best total trip I have had there. The weather was great. The first morning was alittle cool but it warmed up fast. I go up with 3 friends, its one of those male bonding things. We fish the Canadian side around the Mitchell Bay area. One of the normal problems you have on Lake St Clair is the wind. We had a couple of days where the wind was up around 15 mph. One day the Lake was like glass. I have never seen the lake this calm. We caught most of our fish on Flukes. Lizards and Spinnerbaits. In 4 days of fishing I boated 107 Smallmouth’s and 1 Largemouth. I only had 3 fished under 3 lbs.. My biggest was a 5 lbs 2 oz fish. This was the biggest Smallmouth I have ever caught. Most of the fish were weighting between 3 and 4.5 lbs. I loss about as many fish as I boated. You can not believe how hard the fish fought. If you ever get the chance to fish Lake St Clair be sure too. We pull our boats there and it is only about a 7.5 hour drive to Wallaceburg, Ontario. I hope to fish Elkhorn later in the week and will give a report. I will be going back to Lake St Clair in a week for I hope some more outstanding fishing. Till the next report hope to see you on the water.